Day: June 23, 2020

your options for domestic holidays this summer

New age: the old Trafford Park Hotel, west of Manchester: Simon Calder
New age: the old Trafford Park Hotel, west of Manchester: Simon Calder

As expected, the prime minister has said that hotels, B&Bs, caravan parks and campsites in England will be able to open from 4 July 2020. The “social-distancing” guidance has halved from two metres to one in England.

But Boris Johnson left out much of detail. In addition, other UK nations have very different policies.

The key questions are answered here.

What are the rules at present?

At present the UK government says: “No person should stay overnight away from their own home for a holiday.”

A few very specific exemptions are granted:

  • People unable to return to their main residence

  • “Those isolating themselves from others as required by law” (for example quarantinees, ie new arrivals from overseas who are required to self-isolate for 14 days)

  • “Any critical worker that is part of the effort to deal with coronavirus,

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U.S. Cases Rise 1.6%; New Highs in Texas, Arizona: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert, told Congress he was seeing a “disturbing surge” in new cases. California, Texas and Arizona reported their biggest daily jumps, and Florida’s infection rate climbed above 10%.

As many as 31 states have R0 figures above 1, according to the Rt.live website, meaning that each person with the virus infects at least one other. The World Trade Organization said its worst-case scenario for cross-border commerce this year will likely be avoided, depending on whether there’s a second wave of outbreaks.

Novak Djokovic, the world’s leading men’s tennis player, tested positive for Covid-19 days after an exhibition tournament in the Balkans featuring him was cut short. England eased more restrictions as deaths continued to fall.

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Disney parks are starting to reopen. Next up: Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris, shown in pre-pandemic times, is about 26 miles east of the French capital. <span class="copyright">(Michel Euler / Associated Press)</span>
Disneyland Paris, shown in pre-pandemic times, is about 26 miles east of the French capital. (Michel Euler / Associated Press)

Paris is starting to bounce back. Disneyland Paris plans a limited reopening July 15, a day after the country’s Bastille Day celebrations. The theme park in Marne-la-Vallée joins the Eiffel Tower, set to reopen Thursday, and the Louvre Museum, which plans to reopen its doors July 6, in opening amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Disneyland Paris is the latest site in the Disney empire to reopen after shutting down in March. Like other Disney sites, there will be new safety protocols in place, and some attractions will remain closed.

Disneyland, Walt Disney Studios Park, Newport Bay Club Hotel and Disney Village will reopen in coordination with French government and health authorities, according to a Monday announcement. Other hotels will reopen later.

Attendance will be limited to allow for social distancing, visitors

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California lawmakers shelve effort this year to legalize sports betting

People make bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas in 2018. <span class="copyright">(John Locher / Associated Press)</span>
People make bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas in 2018. (John Locher / Associated Press)

Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door for states to allow sports betting, political squabbles between rival gambling interests have left California stalemated on the issue, with the latest effort fizzling this week in the state Legislature.

While betting on sports has been legalized in nearly two dozen other states, including New York, New Jersey and Oregon, efforts have bogged down in California, where influential Native American tribes that operate more than 60 casinos have clashed with competing card clubs over how to share the nation’s largest gambling market.

Advisers to Gov. Gavin Newsom have tried to broker a compromise, but this week, state Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa) said there was not enough time to finish the complicated negotiations to get a sports

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How Hollywood Is Continuing to Pivot Strategy Amid a Pandemic and Protests

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In September 2001, Nkechi Okoro Carroll was working at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Her offices were right down the street from the World Trade Center, and after the towers fell, she had to figure out how to “keep one of the world’s strongest economies going,” all while dealing with concerns about “how do we keep our employees safe, and how do we deal with things from the mental health perspective and how do we resume?” she recalls.

It was a moment in her career that required a pivot unlike any other. But then the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, shutting down businesses and forcing everyone to shelter in place across the globe. Okoro Carroll, now running the CW’s “All American,” found herself facing many similar questions, just in a different industry.

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Disneyland Paris plans limited reopening starting July 15

Disneyland Paris, shown in pre-pandemic times, is about 26 miles east of the French capital. <span class="copyright">(Michel Euler / Associated Press)</span>
Disneyland Paris, shown in pre-pandemic times, is about 26 miles east of the French capital. (Michel Euler / Associated Press)

Paris is starting to bounce back. Disneyland Paris plans a limited reopening July 15, a day after the country’s Bastille Day celebrations. The theme park in Marne-la-Vallée joins the Eiffel Tower, set to reopen Thursday, and the Louvre Museum, which plans to reopen its doors July 6, in opening amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Disneyland Paris is the latest site in the Disney empire to reopen after shutting down in March. Like other Disney sites, there will be new safety protocols in place, and some attractions will remain closed.

Disneyland, Walt Disney Studios Park, Newport Bay Club Hotel and Disney Village will reopen in coordination with French government and health authorities, according to a Monday announcement. Other hotels will reopen later.

Attendance will be limited to allow for social distancing, visitors

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Women’s sports post-coronavirus: Softball, lacrosse, hockey leagues

There already wasn’t going to be a National Pro Fastpitch championship this season.

With softball making its return to the Olympics, NPF had to alter the way it was going to play in 2020. After all, three of the teams in softball’s pro league are national teams.

The Olympics were postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic, and NPF canceled its season. Next year, it’ll have to make another adjustment to losing the bulk of its players.

That’s just one example of unique challenges facing women’s pro sports leagues, exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis.

“We’re not talking about the same losses, because we don’t have the same resources, we’re not in the same ballpark,” said NPF commissioner Cheri Kempf. “The sad truth about that is, we don’t have [the same resources] to begin with, so we don’t have it to lose.

“That’s pathetic, but that’s the truth.”

Women’s sports are

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‘Saudi Runaway’: Film Review

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The docu-thriller is a difficult subgenre to get just right. Finding tension and jeopardy in the real-life crises of others can all too often feel exploitative or trumped-up, spuriously shaped for the viewer’s entertainment. In “Saudi Runaway,” an intimate study of female oppression and liberation where the stakes couldn’t be much higher, director Susanne Regina Meures finds a risky but effective solution to the camera’s intrusive gaze on a vulnerable human subject: She gets said subject, a 26-year-old Saudi woman billed only as “Muna,” to wield the camera herself. Our perspective is entirely hers, insofar as she conveys it via a roving, frequently hidden smartphone. It’s a first-person view that few women in Muna’s position get to share, and Meures’ film does not take its exceptional access for granted.

“Saudi Runaway” is a product of extraordinary trust on the part of both filmmaker

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Equipping teams during a pandemic a unique challenge

As football teams from the NFL to the high school level prepare — and hope — for a 2020 season, one of the unrecognized concerns by outsiders could be getting those squads fully equipped.

Just like those teams, XTECH, which makes custom shoulder pads out of its New Jersey factory, has had to scramble. That meant using digital means to design the pads without actually meeting up with players to get their measurements and preferences.

XTECH’s approach apparently is working. Los Angeles Rams equipment director Brendan Burger and Dana Marquez, Auburn’s associate athletics director of equipment operations, say they’re actually ahead of the game in that area.

“The nice thing on our level is everything has become a mapping system, helmets and pads,” says Marquez, who also oversees a website focusing on helmet fits.

“It is just becoming a little bit easier digitally, and you’re also looking at travel time

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Everything you need to know as lockdown eases

We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock
We have all your questions about face masks answered including how to wash them, masks for children and where to buy them: iStock

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that face masks and coverings will become part of daily life.

The UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have both advised wearing face coverings in a bid to reduce the infection transmission of Covid-19.

Since 15 June, it has been mandatory in England to wear them while using public transport and in hospitals. Failure to follow these rules can result in people being refused entry and a £100 fine.

The new rules mean that anyone travelling by train, Tube, bus, ferry or plane in England should be wearing a face covering. Those travelling by train will be asked to cover their face as they enter a station.

These rules apply to everyone, except those under the age of 11 and

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